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Pet Shop Licence

Who should apply for a Pet Shop Licence?

The keeping and running of a pet shop is controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951. No person may keep a pet shop within Poole unless they have obtained a licence from us.

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Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate:

  • that they are suitably qualified to keep animals with regard to the type and number proposed to be kept.
  • that the animals will be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size, temperature lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
  • that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • that mammals will not be sold at too early an age.
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of infectious disease amongst the animals.
  • that appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
  • that you maintain both a purchase register for all livestock and a sales register for puppies, kittens, psittacines and species listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. The purpose of the register is to ascertain the source of livestock and an emergency contact number for the purchaser.
  • no animal will be sold to a child under the age of 12 years.

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the keeping of animals.

Each Licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all pet shops licensed by us.

In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

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Licence Conditions

Where a licence is granted that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which it relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a pet shop.

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Your Rights of Appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and they may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as they think proper.

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How do I apply?

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made. You can also e-mail us for a copy of the application form.

A licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:

  • The Pet Animals Act 1951.
  • The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment ) Act 1954.
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934.

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Offences and Penalties

The following offences and penalties apply to the pet shops:

  • any person found guilty of keeping a pet shop without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment or both.
  • any person found guilty of failing to comply with their licence conditions may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment or both.
  • any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to a maximum of £500.

If found guilty under this Act, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping a pet shop for such length of time as the Court thinks fit.

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Further Information

Copies of the Pet Animals Act 1951 and other legislation mentioned here can be purchased from the Office of Public Sector Information  .

This information is only a brief guide, for further information please e-mail us.

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